A professional intervention is a step taken by family members and friends of people addicted to alcohol and other drugs, due to the denial of the crisis often seen in addicts.
Intervention also includes assistance from an addiction specialist. Because of the denial, many addicts fail to seek treatment independently and will not listen to others.
Often, victims of addiction deny that they have a problem and ward off any attempts to persuade them to shake off their addiction by seeking treatment. Even after feeling the negative effects of their addiction, many of them still fail to have the strength to kick start a process that will see them reach complete recovery from drug and substance abuse.
If treatment is not received in time, addiction can have disastrous effects on the lives of its victims. These effects include numerous illnesses that could even lead to death in the long run.
The main aim of intervention is to get the addicts to understand that their problem is not only affecting them; it is also affecting other members of the family, their relationship with others, their ability to do work and it is also endangering their health. There is only one goal during an intervention, and that is to force an addict to get treatment.
A professional intervention involves hiring a well-trained addiction specialist. The person will then conduct an assessment of the addict’s situation and determine the best form of treatment that can be undertaken for the best results.
This is primarily because not all forms of treatment work for all addicts in the same way. Each person has different reasons for falling into addiction, and unless these underlying matters are handled effectively, there can be no real recovery from the disease.
In a professional intervention, the interventionist creates a team consisting of concerned friends and family members who understand the addict very well and are willing to help him or her get out of it.
The team then sits down and holds several meetings to plan for the actual face to face confrontation to be held with the addict. During the preparation, each member of the team is told exactly what he or she will tell the addict at the meeting and is asked to memorize it.
Previously, addicts were kept in the dark about the entire process so that it could be done as a surprise confrontation, but it has been seen to be a bad idea. More recent methods involve telling the subject of the meeting to prepare for it two or three days before it is done.
During the meeting, the person must be made to feel as comfortable as possible, and told the truth; how others are worried about him or her because of the worsening case of addiction and why treatment is the only way out. Once the person agrees to take treatment, he or she must be escorted to the chosen rehabilitation center so the treatment can begin immediately.
Intervention ensures that family members are able to provide the necessary support to the addict throughout and after the treatment process.